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To follow the tracks or traces of; to pursue by following the marks of the feet; to trace; to trail; as, to track a deer in the snow. It was often found impossible to track the robbers to their retreats among the hills and morasses. (Macaulay)

2. To draw along continuously, as a vessel, by a line, men or animals on shore being the motive power; to tow.

Origin: tracked; tracking.

1. A mark left by something that has passed along; as, the track, or wake, of a ship; the track of a meteor; the track of a sled or a wheel. The bright track of his fiery car. (Shak)

2. A mark or impression left by the foot, either of man or beast; trace; vestige; footprint. Far from track of men. (milton)

3. (Science: zoology) The entire lower surface of the foot;-said of birds, ect.

4. A road; a beaten path. Behold Torquatus the same track pursue. (Dryden)

5. Course; way; as, the track of a comet.

6. A path or course laid out for a race, for exercise, ect.

7. The permanent way; the rails.

8. [Perhaps a mistake for tract] A tract or area, as of land. Small tracks of ground. Track scale, a railway scale. See Railway.

Origin: OF.t 420 rac track of horses, mules, trace of animals; of Teutonic origin; cf.D.trek a drawing, trekken to draw, travel, march, MHG. Trechen, pret. Trach. Cf. Trick.